It looks like Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci was right when he reported back in August that Disney would release Star Wars: Episode VII in December of 2015 instead of their initially promised summer date, because the studio just sent us this press release from StarWars.com:
“With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.”
So there you have it. There have been rumblings of that change for a while now in the blogosphere, and even though Disney head honcho Bob Iger would probably have liked it better if Abrams and his team could have hit a summer release date (so they could sell more toys and action figures leading up to the Christmas season), it looks like he’s finally decided on a compromise to let the creatives at least partially have their way.
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